Years ago Galaxion was a comic I enjoyed. I tried to get the single issues as they came out, but as it was by an independant publisher, this was not always easy. I think I have most of the series but not all of it. The author (and artist) Tara Tallan took some time off and has rebooted the series as an on-line comic. As is the case with many comics, Galaxion now updates page by page regularly on-line and periodically issues a graphic novel collection with various special features and extra stories thrown in.
The first two collections are out now and I’m really glad to be reading stories in this universe again. The author has changed the story from the first telling, but those original issues were long enough ago that I don’t really remember much of the original story. I do remember that I felt like the story ended just as some really interesting things were about to happen. Volume 2 of the collections ends at a similar place, but this time I can read further in the on-line archives. As I’ve just finished the graphic novels I now get to go try to find where they leave off on the website and pick it up from there. I suppose I could just wait for volume 3, but I’m far too impatient for that.
Ah, I just went and looked and fortunately, the archives tab organizes the comic by books and chapters. It isn’t too far into book 3 yet, so I’ll be able to catch up easily. Nice that I can get caught up quickly, not so nice that I don’t have a lot more I can quickly read.
The books and site are black and white, but this suits the art well. The story has been interesting so far with good character development and good universe building. What really excites me about it though is the genre. You don’t get a lot of SF comics these days, not good ones certainly and this is a good one. The ship designs are original, the characters interesting and the technology fun. You get little bits of the larger universe through moments of backstory narrative, not so much that it derails the story, but enough so it isn’t trying to be cryptic. The plot is developing well with mysteries not heavily foreshadowed, you find answers as the characters do and there’s no “eureka” moments that can show an author’s impatience with the storyline. No monologues of “Of course, when X and Y then Z would naturally have happened followed by blah, blah, blah” like you’d get in a Straczynski story, those bored me to tears. The author seems happy to let the story unfold at its own pace and that’s refreshing for something as complex as is happening here.
I like the combination of on-line comic and graphic novel. It keeps the reader interested week to week and you get some nice bonuses with the graphic novels. It doesn’t hurt that it gives the creator something physical to sell or to bring to comics conventions. I likely wouldn’t have rediscovered the comic if it weren’t for her table at TCAF – The Toronto Comic Arts Festival. She currently has a picture of her table from the con on her website, nicely laid out and eye-catching from across the room.